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Florence Nightingale (1985)

The fact-based story of the pioneer of nursing, known as "the Lady with the Lamp".



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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Russell
Sidney Herbert
Dr. Sutherland
Ann Thornton ...
Dr. Hall (as Jeremy Childs)
Dr. McGregor
Patrick Drury ...
Henry Nicholson
Dr. Menzies
Charles Bracebrige


This is the fact-based story of an aristocratic woman who defies Victorian society to reform hospital sanitation and to define the nursing profession as it is known today. After volunteering to travel to Scutari to care for the wounded soldiers, who are victims of the Crimean war, she finds herself very unwelcome and faces great opposition for her new way of thinking. However through her selfless acts of caring, she quickly becomes known as 'The Lady with the Lamp', the caring nurse whose shadow soldiers kiss. Written by CindyH

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Release Date:

7 April 1985 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A História de Florence  »

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Claire Bloom has starring billing in the main titles, but her role is an extended cameo. See more »


Florence Nightingale: When I was seventeen, I heard a call from God. He spoke to me, Mr Milnes. Now, you can laugh if you like.
Richard Milnes: And what precisely did God call upon you to do?
Florence Nightingale: I don't know. That's what torments me. Something more, to be more than a pampered, wealthy, little girl. Somehow, to use the gifts I have to serve, instead of going dancing and to parties.
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Crazy Credits

The background illustrations in the opening credits are wood engravings by Gustave Dore from 'London: A Pilgrimage' (published 1876, although he worked on them from 1870 onwards). See more »


Version of The White Angel (1936) See more »

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Jaclyn Smith as Florence Nightingale
2 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Whilst I found the film interesting it is a pity that Jaclyn Smith did not take the trouble to perfect her English accent as very often her pronunciation of vowels was American rather than English. Especially for somebody like Florence Nightingale who would have had a very English accent! Movie makers spend so much money on these productions and very often ignore details like this which are very important. Meryl Streep is the only American actress who can perfect any accent according to the role she is playing.

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